The Nightingale and the Rose, EV 34 (Bitzan, Wendelin) - IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF DownloadCreated by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. Cross-cultural Influences. Persian poetry and folklore tells a similar story of a nightingale staining a rose with its blood, but in this tradition, the rose itself is the object of the nightingale's love. British fascination with the Middle East and Asia was running high in the 19th century as a result of imperialism, and writers and artists frequently borrowed from or depicted these regions in their work often, unfortunately, in deeply biased ways. Literary Romance.
The Nightingale and the Rose, EV 34 (Bitzan, Wendelin)
Rating: Rated: 2 times Rate It. I'm an author. Membership requires a valid email address. A nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor's daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose. The nightingale visits all the rose-trees in the garden, and one of the white roses tell her that there's a way to produce a red rose, but only if the nightingale is prepared to sing the sweetest song for the rose all night, and sacrifice her life to do so. Seeing the student in tears, the nightingale carries out the ritual, and impales herself on the rose-tree's thorn so that her heart's blood can stain the rose. The student takes the rose to the professor's daughter, but she again rejects him because another man has sent her some real jewels, and "everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers.
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Above all, I love the scene that the daughter of the Professor says no with the reddest rose from the Student. This is the climax that makes the story more meaningful.
Langsam - Moderato assai 1a. The Student's Romance. Allegro con moto 1b. Duet of the Nightingale and the Student. Andantino 1c.
From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through the leaves, and wondered. I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched. His hair is dark as the hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red as the rose of his desire; but passion has made his lace like pale ivory, and sorrow has set her seal upon his brow. If I bring her a red rose she will dance with me till dawn. If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms, and she will lean her head upon my shoulder, and her hand will be clasped in mine. But there is no red rose in my garden, so I shall sit lonely, and she will pass me by.